'Mom's Night Out' a Hilarious Break for Parents
A movie called "Mom's Night Out" hits theaters May 9, just in time for Mother's Day weekend.
It's a comedy celebrating the challenges and joys of parenting and is the latest in a growing list of faith-based family film.
In "Mom's Night Out," Allyson and her friends long for a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation -- a long-needed moms' night out.
In order to enjoy high heels and girl time they need their husbands to watch the kids for a few hours.
What could go wrong? Well, just about everything.
Inspired by Real Life
"Grey's Anatomy" star Sarah Drew plays Allyson - a stressed out mom needing a break.
Drew said preparing for the role wasn't a reach.
"It's hilarious because you're going, 'I just had that conversation literally two nights ago with my husband!' Exactly like that! What's wonderful is that we're able to laugh at ourselves," she said.
The message in "Moms Night Out" is about affirming and celebrating moms for who they are and for what they do. It's a message that comes across with lots humor and heart.
Brothers Jon and Andrew Erwin directed the family friendly comedy, a break away from their pro-life film "October Baby."
"I wanted something that was relatable at the core but the idea of parenting and then putting a layer of hysteria on top of that was a real treat," Andrew Erwin said.
"Every minute you spend with your child even if they're throwing a fit or if they're writing with markers on the wall -- all these things have happened to me. It's beautiful and it's worth it. That's really what we want the audience to take away," Jon Erwin said.
Parenthood a Gift
Actress Logan White, who plays Allyson's friend Izzy, came up with the idea for the film after becoming a new mom.
"The gift of being a mother is that God has given us, he's trusted us to take care of these little souls that you can't walk away from. It's such a lesson of selflessness and knowing that the fruit will eventually show and ripen," she said.
Kevin Downes and Alex Kendrick of "Courageous" fame are also part of the cast.
"Parenthood: there are a lot of funny things. Like, my kids will say things that I think are hysterical and that's a lot of what's in 'Moms Night Out,'" Downes said.
"Men will see characters in this film and say, 'I'm ashamed to say I've done that and I need to do more of that.' And so, yeah, there's some great examples of what to do and what not to do in this film," Kendrick said.
No One Has It All Together
Two-time Emmy winner Patricia Heaton, from hit comedies "Everybody Loves Raymond" and ABC's "The Middle," takes on the role of a pastor's wife.
"What was interesting about this is that the other gals in the movie, the moms, look up to her and think she has it all together," Heaton said. "And she says it's not really that way and 'This is the first time that anybody's ever invited me out to do a night like this.'"
"So I just thought that was so touching and I had really never thought about pastors wives in that way," she said.
"Moms Night Out" also shows the importance of mommy-daddy time with wholesome passion between Allyson and her husband, played by actor Sean Astin, known for his role in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
"My character is the husband who makes it totally easy for her to look after herself," Astin joked.
"I play the husband who, despite his best efforts to be thoughtful, mindful of his wife's needs, comes up a little short sometimes as many fathers are," he said.
"Moms Night Out" is filled with love, laughs, and faith as it celebrates the beautiful mess called "parenting."